|Santee Cooper Cats - Catfish USA
The World Record Catfish Records Department
District of Columbia (DC)
UNITED STATES RECORDS
|World Record -
Species: Mekong Catfish
Weight: 646 lbs.
Length: just under 9 feet
Caught at: Mekong River at
Record Date: May 2005
|This World Record Mekong Catfish was caught in a remote part of Northern Thailand.
When wildlife officials caught wind of the catch they urged the villagers to release the adult male so that it could
spawn, but it later died and was eaten, the group said. They did not say when the massive fish was caught.
The fish was the heaviest recorded since Thai officials started tracking the species in 1981
and may be the largest freshwater fish ever discovered
The Mekong giant catfish which shares the title of largest freshwater fish with a close relative, the dog-eating catfish
was listed as critically endangered in 2003 after research showed its numbers had fallen by at least
80 percent over the past 13 years.
|World Record - Flathead Catfish
Weight: 123 lbs. - 9 oz.
Angler: Ken Paulin
Caught at: Elk City Reservoir
Method: Zebco 33 with 12 lb. test
Record Date: May 14, 1998
|World Record - Bullhead Catfish
Weight: 8 lbs. - 15 oz.
Source: National Freshwater Fishing Hall of Fame - 2003 Edition
|World Record - White Catfish
Weight: 21 lbs. - 8 oz.
Source: Intl. Game Fish Assoc World Record Game Fishes - 2003 Edition
|Spain's Record catfish
Duncan Rooke (left) and Stephen Buss heft a
record-breaking catfish in the River Ebro,
near Barcelona, Spain. the photo of the giant
fish was released Monday. The men caught
the monster, which measured 7 feet 7
inches, on July 6. The female fish is the
biggest freshwater catch ever made by a
British angler and nearly pulled 32-year-old
gas engineer Rooke back into the river once
he had hold of her. After weighing the fish
and burping her to get rid of the air in her
stomach she was released.
All weekend we were treated to guys getting
rock-star treatment for catching a bunch of
one-pound bass. Duncan Rooke was
looking to celebrate after his catch, too.
But as the photo shows, Rooke, left, had his
hands full at the time -- with a 211-pound
catfish, a record catch for a British angler. He
and three other Britons landed the 7-foot-7
female on the River Ebro near Barcelona,
Rooke, a 30-year-old gas engineer from
Surrey, said his rod almost broke in two as
the fish took his bait of halibut pellets.
Trip organizer Stephen Buss, pictured behind
Rooke, told the Daily Mail of London: "Two of
us nearly had a hernia lifting her up the bank,
and we were shattered afterwards, but we
still had the energy to cheer and dance
After posing for pictures with the catfish, the
largest ever caught in Spain, they put it back
into the water.
The European record for the biggest
freshwater fish is 294 pounds -- a catfish
caught in the River Po in Italy.
The world's largest, a Mekong Giant catfish,
was caught a few weeks ago by commercial
net fishermen in Thailand. It weighed 646
pounds, roughly two Steelers linemen.
|Spain's Record catfish
While America was enjoying its annual turkey
feast, an English school caretaker Carl Smith
nearly drowned whille landing a feast of his
own; a European record 226 lb.
catfish in Spain.
It took two freinds to keep Carl from being
dragged into the River Ebro. The battle to
land the giant fish, which beat the European
record by 2lb, took the school caretaker from
Owestry 35 minutes.
"The force of the tug practically sent me
crashing to the ground," Smith said. "It's
mouth, with rows of sharp teeth, made it look
like a man-eating shark."
The catfish, a European wels, was then
weighed, measured and held for a
photograph — just in case anyone
questioned this fisherman’s tale. “We
christened him Jaws and released him back
in the water,” said Mr Smith, pictured holding
European wels catfish are reputed to eat
anything that can fit into their huge mouths.
The previous European record was 224 lbs.
|2nd Previous Record
|Previous Record Spain Catfish
(Line Class Record)
Species: Mekong Catfish
Weight: 167 lbs. - 8 oz.
Angler: Nopphong Phromcham
Caught at: Bangkok in Tailand,
Record Date: February 5, 2007
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|Spain's Record catfish
The fish was over 8 feet long, "fought like a
bull" and is one of the biggest specimens
ever caught in Europe.
Mr Melhuish, a 61-year-old coroner's officer,
spent half an hour reeling in the 226lbs catch.
By the time the fish was landed, it was nearly
midnight so it was tethered in the river until
morning when it could be weighed and
Alan, from Weston-Super-Mare, in Somerset,
was spending a week fishing the River Ebro
He was with his son-in-law Steve Hutter, 35,
and his friend Billy Brown, 35, both sergeants
in the RAF.
When he caught the fish, using pellets of
dried halibut as bait, it needed all three men
to hold it.
Mr Melhuish said: "I went on a week's trip
there last year but didn't catch much, but I
booked another week this year.
"It was almost on the last day when I hooked
the big one. I was standing on a pontoon and
I could tell it was big.
"It ripped the line and must have raced 40
metres up the river. I could tell it was a
"I had to use all my strength to stop myself
from being pulled off the pontoon into the
"When I got it into the shallows my son-in-law
went down to have a look and he told me it
"There are three weights of catfish that get
anglers excited, 100lbs, 150lbs, and then the
magical 200lbs mark.
"When the scales went past the 200 mark
and up to 226lbs I knew it was the fish of a
|Previous WORLD RECORD Catfish Record Holders
|(Virginia State Record - World Record)
Weight: 143 lbs. - 13 oz.
Length: 57 inches
Girth: 43.5 inches
Angler: Nick Anderson
Caught at: Goat Island area of John H Kerr
Reservoir near the confluence of the Dan and
Bait/Lure: (Anderson has not publicly discussed
his secret bait but "chicken breast" was listed on
the VA record application)
Method: Ugly Stick - Shimano Reel with 30 # test
Record Date: June 18, 2011
|The previous World Records are shown at the bottom of this page.
|"My cork went down and I set the hook and
pulled that thing up through the moss and I
said, 'That has to be a bullhead.' I got to
looking at him and I said 'That's a bullhead
The fish is a new Missouri record and is larger
than the current records recognized by the
National Fresh Water Fishing Hall of Fame.
Yellow Bulhead Catfish
(Pole and Line)
Weight: 6 lbs. - 6 oz.
Angler: John Irvin
Caught at: Old Drexel Lake in Bates
Bait/Lure: Minnows & Cork
Method: Spincasting reel- 6lb. test line
Record Date: May 27, 2006
Anderson was fishing with his
Father and Brother when he
hooked this fish. It was weighed
at Mecklenberg Supply Inc,
which was one of few places
with a scale large enough to
weigh. It took 45 minutes to reel
|World Record - Catfish
Weight: 260 lbs.
Length: 7 feet
Angler: Martin David Kent
Caught at: Kradi, Thailand
Record Date: June 8, 2011
Intl. Game Fish Assoc.
Tommy Fredricks - Santee Cooper Cat
Flathead - 135 pounds
If this fish had been caught on a rod
and reel it would have been the All
Tackle World Record Flathead Catfish
hands down. The current record
stands at 123 pounds and this beast
would have shadowed that by 12 more